It’s impossible to deny that the cannabis industry is booming. Legal cannabis sales surpassed $5 billion in 2015, and are projected to increase by 25 percent in 2016. The cannabis market is growing rapidly for one main reason — industry leaders are working tirelessly to develop, innovate and drive it forward.
With the ability to create hundred of thousands of jobs in the United States, this industry brings great potential not only to those who consume cannabis, but to everyone. The only way to understand the full capacity of the cannabis industry is to lean how truly versatile it is, and the Cannabis Grand Cru (CGC) is the ideal setting in which to learn, discuss, and experience the most relevant and influential topics in the industry.
The Cannabis Grand Cru, taking place on Saturday March 19 at Fremont Foundry in Seattle, is the premier event bringing the most industry experts, leaders, brands and companies together under one roof to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees in an intimate setting. Whether you’re already knowledgeable, fairly familiar or know nothing at all, you will walk away from the CGC with more knowledge than you could ever gain from reading and research.
There are no better teachers than those who have done, and the Cannabis Grand Cru is the only event which will allow you to learn first-hand from the experts who are making it happen.
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Want to know more about what to expect from the Cannabis Grand Cru Seattle on March 19? Whaxy got the inside scoop from event speaker and owner of Green and Healthy Wellness Colorado Springs John Hunt, Cannabis Commodities Exchange CEO and Denver Post Cannabis Critic Sohum Shah, and professional model turned medical marijuana dispensary General Manager, Damsel W. Dank.
Read what they had to say about CGC below:
High Speaker to Attendee Ratio
No other cannabis industry event brings this many experts together under one roof in an intimate atmosphere that facilitates learning and networking with guests. John Hunt, event speaker and owner of Grimey Gatsby and Green and Healthy Wellness dispensary pointed out,
“The first aspect I feel is vastly different is the crowd to speaker ratio. Every-time I speak at the CGC there is a room filled with passionate people listening and asking questions to passionate people that are speaking about their business or journey in the cannabis industry.”
Panel discussion Cannabis Grand Cru 2014, Aspen.
Network and Mingle with Industry Leaders
The Cannabis Grand Cru has been described as the most intimate cannabis industry event with a boutique feel. Sohum Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of Cannabis Commodities Exchange and Cannabis Critique for The Cannabist (Denver Post) described it:
“The intimate nature of the events provide ample networking opportunities. More than anything, however, attendees leave the CGC with new friends who are passionate about responsibly legalizing and regulating cannabis.”
“The content of the show is also something that stands alone. Where else can you find more than 20 leaders of the industry from all over the country?” Added Hunt, “I have seen some great networking come from the event also. I hired the manager of my shop at the first CGC in Aspen.”
Learn from Industry Experts
John Hunt has been heavily involved in every Cannabis Grand Cru event, and he shared why the CGC is so unique:
“This event, more than any other, brings together a massive amount of brands and companies under the same roof. That synergetic energy creates an open discussion with everyone about the future, past, and present. It’s an amazing feeling to watch CEO’s, owners, scientists, and patients engage about cannabis with such a wealth of knowledge at hand. It’s something you don’t want to miss, that’s for sure.”
Bob Braudis and John Hunt at the first CGC in Aspen, CO.
The scheduled culinary and extraction demonstrations for the Seattle event on March 19 include:
- The Future of Cannabis in the United States
- Equipment and Technological Advances
- Cannabis Safety & the Future of Edibles
- Cannabis Law, Regulation, Politics & Business.
Learn Aspects of the Industry You Didn’t Know Existed
Even those who are knowledgeable in several different aspects of cannabis and it’s industry still don’t know everything. Even speakers and experts can learn from each other, so as an attendee you’re guaranteed to walk away with a wealth of new information.
Even experienced cannabis activist Damsel W. Dank was surprised how much she learned at her first Cannabis Grand Cru:
“You can expect to learn about areas in the industry you may not have even known existed. I’ve been a cannabis user for a very long time, but prior to the first CGC event I knew nothing about the laws and regulations that make up the industry and I only had basic knowledge of the cultivation process.”
Find Your Niche
The first Cannabis Grand Cru turned Damsel W. Dank’s uncertainty into confidence. “I was worried that all the attendees and speakers would be experts on cellular/molecular plant biology and I would come in looking like a total amateur,” Damsel confessed. “However, I quickly realized that everyone attending the Cannabis Grand Cru had something different to bring to the table. Marketing, accounting, public relations, cultivation, extraction, edibles, topicals, constitutional marijuana law, informational online resources…every speaker had their own expertise and found their niche in the cannabis community. After attending several panels I realized there was a place for me in the industry even if I had never grown a marijuana plant before.”
Damel W. Dank wearing her Cannabis Grand Cru shirt.
Land Your Dream Job (potentially…)
While Cannabis Grand Cru is by no means meant to be a job fair, the right person may just end up with their foot in the door like Damsel W. Dank did after the 2014 Cannabis Grand Cru in Aspen.
“Attending the first Cannabis Grand Cru event in Aspen was truly life changing for me. I am now the General Manager of Green and Healthy Wellness in Colorado Springs and my husband has also landed a job in the industry. I’ve been passionate about cannabis for over 10 years, and CGC was the place where I turned my passion into a career.”
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While every speaker, panel, symposium, exhibition and demonstration is sure to please, it may be difficult to decide which to attend, so we asked our experts to recommend a few of their favorites.
Shah is most excited to check out “The Bleeding Edge of Cultivation” to learn about how cultivators can improve or maintain quality while decreasing costs.
Hunt made several recommendations for those which not to miss. “Listening to Bob Braudis, the famous Pitken County (Aspen, CO) Sheriff and long time friend of Hunter S. Thompson, explain his approach to cannabis laws and regulation is always a crowd-pleaser, as well as hearing Gerry Goldstein speak about his relentless drive to support the cannabis movement. I also love to catch the extraction panel with X Tracted Labs, The Clear Concentrate, and the branding panels are some of my favorite.”